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25 Oct

Doing That Comes From Being: Beginning With Contemplative Prayer

In a Day of Prayer for God's mission through CRM (this year on November 2), we are naturally drawn to focus on intercessory prayer—expressing our desire to know and accomplish God's will.

Intercessory prayer finds its deepest roots and source of greatest power in worship and contemplative prayer, where the focus is on God alone—knowing him and experiencing his heart for us personally.

20 Oct

Speaking God's Words and Will: Declarative Prayer

Jesus told his followers to do some pretty crazy things: heal the sick, cast out demons, move mountains!?! He didn’t just tell them to do those things, he modeled them. Through his intimate relationship with God, he DECLARED things, speaking words to make those things happen:

“Lazarus, come forth!”

“Peace, be still.”

“Be healed.”

18 Oct

Learning the Easy Way: Children Come to Jesus at Summer Conference

“That’s Jesus?!” the boy cried, opening his eyes wide with wonder during a prayer exercise. “I always thought that was me!” The eleven year-old grinned from ear to ear, his face aglow with the joy of discovery: Jesus speaks to me, and his voice is familiar.  

13 Oct

Learning to Recognize God's Voice

“Amy, when Jesus speaks to you, does he speak to your head or your heart?”

Now, I’m not typically the kind of person who backs away from a question, but when Jody, a CRMer based in Serbia, asked me this six months ago, I wanted to run. No one had ever asked me that question before. To be quite honest with you, I didn’t know, and I didn’t want to give the wrong answer.

11 Oct

You Are a Beautiful Child of God: Blessing the Young Women of South Africa

I walked into the dingy classroom. The room had an uneven floor with missing tiles and no electrical outlets, and was furnished with an old chalkboard, a roll of toilet paper, and some mismatched plastic chairs. I was about to spend the morning with a bunch of Grade Seven girls, teaching them different ways of entering into prayer and listening to God. These girls live in a suburb of Pretoria in which the realities and challenges of life are often harsh.

06 Oct

Things Change When We Intercede: A Real-World Example

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” James 5:16b-18

“Wow wow wow!” Karin wrote from Cameroon. Within hours of the CRM Prayer Bulletin going out to our prayer partners, she had received an incredible phone call.

04 Oct

Intercession: Discovering the Power to Pray for Others

“It’s real hard to be out here on the trail with my grandfather in such bad shape,” he said. “And my mom’s hurting real bad. I’m afraid of what this will do to her.”

30 Sep

Depression, Doubt, and Deliverance

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” - Eph. 6:12

28 Sep

The Other “S” Word: Making Room for the Supernatural

When you hear the word “supernatural,” what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Now, when you think about “supernatural” in regard to the Bible, what is the first verse or story from scripture that comes to your mind?

I’ve been in one church service and two conversations recently where I’ve sensed a real fear when the term “supernatural” is used. This “S” word is not exactly a “bad word” for believers, but a concept that seems to be really unsettling for many.

23 Sep

Encountering Heaven at the Grocery Store


JOHN 4:4-10 (NLT) | “...[Jesus] came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


Recently, while grocery shopping I encountered a man who was blocking the sidewalk with his bicycle. As I tried to navigate around the obstruction, the embarrassed man moved his bike and began to apologize. I smiled and assured him it was fine. I passed the man again while returning my cart, and he thanked me for being polite. I felt a familiar tug on my heart—I had to speak with this man. I introduced myself, sat down, and we talked for 30 minutes.